Elementary school students dig for fossils, knowledge

Published: Oct. 21, 2011 at 3:46 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 24, 2011 at 9:52 PM EDT
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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – In honor of National Earth Science week, Wilmington elementary school students are visiting the University of North Carolina Wilmington Friday to "hunt" for fossils in the university's DeLoach Hall.

UNCW's Department of Geography and Geology will lead students from the nearby Gregory School of Science, Mathematics and Technology and St. Mark Catholic School in various learning activities.

Utilizing soil packed with specimen from Southeastern North Carolina, the fossil hunt will allow students dig through the sediment in search of fossils from over 2 million years ago.

Since 1998, National Earth Science Week has been observed by The American Geological Institute every October.

This year's theme is "Our Ever-Changing Earth."

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